Simon Lewis

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15 Feb 2019 | 4:28 PM

Myanmar sentences two to death for murder of Muslim lawyer who advised Suu Kyi

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court on Friday sentenced two men to death for the murder of a prominent Muslim lawyer, Ko Ni, who was an adviser to government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an advocate for reforming a military-drafted constitution.

24 Dec 2018 | 4:10 PM

Myanmar court hears arguments in appeal case of jailed Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court heard arguments on Monday in the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act.

19 Dec 2018 | 1:03 PM

Facebook takes down more Myanmar accounts over military links

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc has removed hundreds of additional accounts, pages and groups in Myanmar from its social networks after discovering what it called "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" and links to the country's military.

6 Dec 2018 | 9:00 AM

'We can't go anywhere' - Myanmar closes Rohingya camps but 'entrenches segregation'

YANGON (Reuters) - As the world was focused on abortive efforts to begin repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar last month, hundreds of their fellow Muslims still in Myanmar were boarding boats seeking to escape the country.

13 Nov 2018 | 1:41 AM

Amnesty International strips Myanmar's Suu Kyi of 'conscience' award

YANGON (Reuters) - Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

4 Nov 2018 | 8:04 PM

Myanmar by-election results 'a lesson' for Suu Kyi's party

YANGON (Reuters) - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to have won only seven of 13 seats up for grabs in by-elections, a spokesman said on Sunday, conceding that Myanmar's ruling party needed to do more for voters from ethnic minorities.

31 Oct 2018 | 7:55 PM

Myanmar officials try to convince Rohingya to return, accept ID cards

DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar officials visited camps for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh on Wednesday in an effort to kickstart a process to repatriate hundreds of thousands who fled an army crackdown last year.

20 Sep 2018 | 11:01 PM

Hunt says pressed Suu Kyi on 'justice and accountability' for Rohingya

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar must ensure there is "no hiding place" for those responsible for crimes against its Rohingya minority if it is to avoid a lasting stain on the country's reputation, Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday.

16 Sep 2018 | 7:55 PM

Myanmar youth, journalists demonstrate against jailing of Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - At least 100 Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of two jailed Reuters journalists on Sunday, warning that the seven-year prison terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public's right to information.

7 Sep 2018 | 9:29 PM

Myanmar says court in Reuters reporters' case was independent

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government spokesman said on Friday a court that convicted two Reuters journalists under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act was independent and followed due process, after international calls for the pair to be released.